The 2019 Saudi International
|Date & Time||Thursday January 31, 2019, 10:00 AM (EST)|
Royal Greens Golf and Country Club
We head to Saudi Arabia for the first ever Saudi International, which is certainly a controversial tournament and whoever handles the off the field issues best gives themselves a better chance at victory. Regardless, four of the top-five golfers are here, along with seven major champions, making for a stacked field and a chance to make some nice coin.
We didn’t land a winner last week, but four of our five golfers finished in the top-25, including Hideki Matsuyama, who had a top-three finish at +5500 odds.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Dustin Johnson - You can get Dustin Johnson at +700 odds this week, which is a steal compared to where he’s usually priced. Johnson has finished no worse than 30th in each of his last 11 events and hasn’t missed a cut since The Open. We all know about Johnson’s game and how he’s arguably the best in the world when he’s on, but the real reason to like him this week is his mental approach. While some may find the political climate a little overwhelming, Johnson is one of the more focused golfers who doesn’t let outside noise get to him. Johnson has an edge over most of the field before the first ball is hit.
Patrick Reed - Give me another golfer who is able to hit the green with a clear mind, and that’s Patrick Reed with +2000 odds. It’s well documented that Reed doesn’t care about how the outside world views him and you have to think that will carry over with all the potential ramifications surrounding this event. Reed should be able to go out there and play like it’s just any other week, while it may not be as easy for others. Reed is also a combined 24 strokes under par in his last two events. This is a solid play.
Brooks Koepka - Brooks Koepka is coming off a top-10 finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and has an advantage considering he didn’t have to travel. Koepka spent the week in Maldives with his model girlfriend Jena Sims. Since August, Koepka has been as consistent as any golfer on the planet and should head into this week rather relaxed. We’re not getting huge odds here at +900, but there’s enough to suggest a bet given his form and the lack of travel.
Soren Kjeldsen - If you’re looking for a big dark horse this week, Soren Kjeldsen at +12500 odds is worth a look. Kjeldsen had a top-five finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and this course fits him a lot better than the Dubai Desert Classic did last week. Kjeldsen also has a ton of top-25 finishes at the Water Masters over his career, so he’s used to windy and rough conditions that will take place at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. Kjeldsen is a a solid under the radar pick.
Matt Wallace - Matt Wallace is coming off a runner-up finish at the Dubai Desert Classic and admitted that he’s playing some of his best rounds of his career. Wallace has put together a string of top-20 finishes in each of his last six events, which includes two runner-up finishes in Dubai. Wallace is a player you should be looking to back with him being this hot and it’s only a matter of time before he finishes some of these tournaments. I’ll take a stab with the Englishman at +2000 odds.